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Denver Public Library Weekly Report

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WE WOULD like to thank everyone who has helped place kindness rocks throughout the community. These painted rocks were created during our Summer Reading Program and are meant to inspire people and encourage random acts of kindness to unsuspecting recipients. If you find one, you can leave it there, keep it or give it to someone else who may enjoy a friendly greeting or warm thoughts. We have tried to avoid placing rocks anywhere they might be in the way of mowers or disruptive of private property.

NEW ON DVD this week we have “A Stork’s Journey,” an animated film about a confused young birdie with a serious identity crisis! Richard the sparrow was raised by storks and thinks he’s a stork too. But when his family plans to migrate to Africa for the winter, they tell Richard they must leave him behind in the forest with the other sparrows. Determined to prove his “storkiness,” Richard ventures south on an epic adventure to reunite with his stork family.

FOR OLDER VIEWERS, we have “Power Rangers,” rated PG-13. The Power Rangers are five ordinary teens who have banded together to save their small town of Angel Grove and the world from an alien threat. But to do so, they must overcome their own personal issues.

IN ADULT viewing, we have “Hidden Figures,” starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe. Based on the best nonfiction bestseller by Margot Lee Shetterly, the movie tells the story of a group of remarkable African American female mathematicians that helped NASA in the race against Russia to put a man in space.

LASTLY, we have “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” starring Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh. This is the true story of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion of Poland in World War II.

NEW IN Adult Fiction, we have “The Identicals,” by Elin Hilderbrand. Living only eleven miles apart on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, twin sisters Tabitha and Harper Frost have been at odds for years. But the twins are forced together in the wake of a family crisis. Switching islands and lives, the twins quickly discover that the secrets, lies, and gossip they thought they'd outrun can travel between islands just as easily as they can.

THEN IT’S ON to “Cocoa Beach,” by Beatriz Williams. Virginia Fortescue fled New York City to drive an ambulance for the Red Cross in France. As World War I raged on, Virginia fell for a dashing British Army surgeon. Five years later, in the early days of Prohibition, the newly widowed Virginia Fitzwilliam arrives in the tropical boomtown of Cocoa Beach, Florida, to settle her husband's estate. His family welcomes   her warmly and introduces her to a dazzling new world of citrus groves, white beaches, bootleggers, and Prohibition agents. And dange

NEW FROM Mary Kubica is“Every Last Lie." When Clara Solberg’s husband and four-year-old daughter are in a car accident, her world is turned inside out. Nick has been killed but Maisie is unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident, but something is causing Maisie nightly terrors. Tormented by grief and loss, Clara suspects Nick’s death was no accident. But who would have wanted Nick dead? And why?

PATTERSON is back with “Murder Games,” written with co-author Howard Roughan. Dr. Dylan Reinhart is the bestselling author on criminal behavior, and when a copy of his book is left at a murder scene, he knows he’s reached the wrong reader. NYPD Detective Elizabeth Needham is investigating the murder and enlists Dylan to help find the killer. A playing card was also left at the scene, and after another murder, the tabloids label the fiend “The Dealer.” As New York panics, only someone with Dylan’s expertise can convince The Dealer to lay down his cards!

“BEHIND Closed Doors,” was a hit for author B.A. Paris, and “The Breakdown” promises to be the same. Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside--the woman who was killed. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd taken that shortcut home. Cass has recently been having memory problems and a nagging guilt about not helping the stranded woman. She’s also receiving silent calls and feels she’s being watched. Is she having a breakdown? Or is something more lurid going on?

LASTLY, we have another new thriller called “He Said, She Said,” by Erin Kelly. In the summer of 1991, Kit and Laura traveled to Cornwall to see a total eclipse. Inadvertently, Laura interrupted a man and woman and believes she saw something terrible happen between them. The man denies it; the victim is grateful. Months later, the woman turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder--did she trust the wrong person?

NONFICTION: Looking for divine inspiration or simple everyday common sense advice to guide you through your days? Admiral William H. McRaven offers something in between in “Mark Your Own Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life and Maybe the World.” Admiral McRaven served with the United States Navy from 1977 to 2014, and his final assignment as a Four-Star General was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. In this new book, he shares ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him throughout his long, illustrious career.

ALSO NEW in Nonfiction we have “The Family Guide to Preventing Elder Abuse,” by Thomas Lee Wright. This practical manual offers helpful advice for those caring for parents who are losing their independence. Wright addresses such topics as qualities of a good caretaker, pros and cons of trusts and guardianships, common financial scams, and what to do if you suspect abuse of any kind.

IN “DARING to Drive,” by Manal Al-Sharif, the author shares her experiences growing up in Mecca when strict fundamentalism had hold of every aspect of a woman’s life. Though she was a computer security engineer in her twenties, she was ostracized for talking with male colleagues and had to have her brother escort her on business trips. But with her education, she gradually became the unexpected leader of a movement to support women's rights.